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It’s difficult to overstate the importance of prayer in raising children for the Lord.
If you only were able to do one thing–just one thing–as a parent, this would be the one thing you should do: pray for your child.
“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
Two parents, or two grandparents, or two friends…qualify as “two or three” gathered.
When my children were small, I received a list of suggested prayers for my children, with Scriptures, and I used that list, and prayed those prayers for years. I don’t know what happened to the list–probably dog-eared and worn out from use, but a friend gave me this list, and I think it’s the same one! (Thanks so much, Holly!)
Dane Growing Up:
At my monthly Moms Morning Out Brunch here on Saturday, I read this list and also the Daily Marriage Checklist which is free for download from At the Well, by going to their Facebook site for the online marriage seminar they’re hosting called Replenish Your Soul! (If you have not signed up for this online marriage conference yet, which will be held November 1-3, make sure you do! It’s only $10! And it’s going to be great! Check out the info while you’re there!)
Here is the list of prayers that I prayed for my children while they were growing up.
Kelsey Growing Up:
How to Pray for Your Children
1. That they will know Christ as Savior early in life. (Psalm 63:1, 2 Timothy 3:15)
2. That they will have a hatred for sin. (Psalm 97:10)
3. That they will be caught when guilty. (Psalm 119:71)
4. That they will be protected from the Evil One in each area of their lives: spiritual, emotional, physical. (John 17:15)
5. That they will have a responsible attitude in all their interpersonal relationships. (Daniel 6:3)
6. That they will respect those in authority over them. (Romans 13:1)
7. That they will desire the right kind of friends and be protected from the wrong friends. (Proverbs 1:10-11)
8. That they will be protected from the wrong mate and saved for the right one. (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)
9. That they, as well as those they will marry, will be kept pure until marriage. (1 Corinthians 6:18-20)
10. That they will learn to totally submit to God and actually resist Satan in all circumstances. (James 4:7)
11. That they will be single-hearted, willing to be sold out to Jesus Christ. (Romans 12:1-2)
12. That they will be hedged in so they cannot find their way to wrong people or wrong places and that the wrong people cannot find their way to them. (Hosea 2:6)
When I think of how faithful God has been to honor and answer these prayers for my children, my heart about bursts inside with emotion and gratitude. God is so good.
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